Originally written January 23, 2013 on Fan View Point:
Wes Welker is great. He's arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL. He's borderline for a bust in Canton. He's been a major part of the New England Patriots success from 2007 until last Sunday. It's the belief of here in the cubicles at FVP that Wes Welker has played his last down for the Flying Elvii. The following outlines why. He'll be 32 on May 1st. The Pats don't need to look any further than the last great slot WR to draw his checks in Foxboro. Troy Brown caught 97 passes as a 31 yr old in 2002. In 2003, his receptions dropped to 40. For the remainder of his career, Brown only broke 40 receptions once, in 2006. Hall of famer Steve Largent caught 70 passes at age 32, but he dropped from there to 58, 39, and 28 receptions before retiring. Isaac Bruce averaged 49.4 receptions for his final 5 years, while averaging 64 over his 16 year career. Old friend Stanley Morgan never caught more than 40 after age 32. Production drops off on just about all the good/...
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